Jinotega Department

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Jinotega, Nicaragua
Departamento of Jinotega
Country Nicaragua
City Jinotega
Capital Jinotega
Area 9,755 km2 (3,766 sq mi)
Population 417,372 (2014)
Timezone UTC -6
ISO 3166-2 NI-JI
Website: http://www.jinotega.com/

Jinotega (Spanish pronunciation: [xinoˈteɣa]) is the second largest department in Nicaragua. It is located on the border with Honduras. Its provincial capital is the city of Jinotega, located in a valley 142km from Managua (2h 26min, the Panamericana Norte and Guayacán).

The Department of Jinotega has a population of 417,372 inhabitants (2014). It produces 65% nationally Coffee , which is exported to: the United States, Russia, Canada, Asia, Australia and Europe. Many companies like Nestlé and Starbucks coffee, buy coffee from Nicaragua. Cocoa addition, basic grains, vegetables, fruits and flower cultivation occurs.

In the apartment is Lake Apanás with its own electricity. From the beginning Volcano Yalí The Cordillera Isabelia alignment with high mountains such as Chimborazo (1,688 meters), the Datanlí hill - El Diablo (1,550 m) with its waterfall "The Bujona". Penas Blancas Massif (1,700 meters) and the largest nature reserve in Central America: Bosawás Biosphere Reserve.


Points of interest[edit]

Cathedral San Juan
Nuestra Señora de los Angeles.
City of Jinotega
Vista de San Sebastian de Yali, Jinotega

There are various restaurants and markets throughout the department of Jinotega, that serve various fruits, vegetables, meats, and drinks. The city of Jinotega is in the vicinity of the artificial Lake Apanas. A town named San Rafael del Norte is just 20 minutes away in a good paved road. San Rafael was the General Headquarters for the troops of General Sandino in the late 1920s and early 1930s. It has a nice church and small museum of Sandino and his wife Blanca Aráuz.

Attractions and landmarks[edit]

  • 'Panoramic Views of Jinotega' .
    • Travel to the top of the "Peña de La Cruz" climbing up the steps, path of many pilgrims who fulfill promises to Santa Cruz.
  • Experience rural and community tourism' '.
    • Tour the nature reserve Cerro Datanlí - El Diablo ' "for its forest of nebliselva and waterfall' 'The Bujona' "guided by inhabitants of the reserve with those who shared their daily activities.
    • Accommodation in "La Bastille" Ecolodge
    • Agritourism in Santa Maria de Bloodsucker.
    • Ecotourism "The Founder" and at the "Young Life" located on the road Jinotega - Matagalpa.
  • 'Natural and cultural experience'
    • Visit the Reserve Bosawás, declared Biosphere Reserve by the UNESCO and the Massif Peñas Blancas .
    • Tour de nature of coffee in the nature reserve Cerro Kilambé (Wiwilí) and at the "Santa Maura" to know everything about the cultivation of this grain called the green gold ".
    • Nature reserve Volcano "Yali".
  • 'Experience fishing and navigation'
    • Adventure tourism in the Lake Apanás where fishing activities and competitions are conducted rowboats, this artificial lake, today, is home to a variety of flora and lacustrine fauna.


  1. El Cuá
  2. Jinotega
  3. La Concordia
  4. San José de Bocay
  5. San Rafael del Norte
  6. San Sebastián de Yalí
  7. Santa María de Pantasma
  8. Wiwilí


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Coordinates: 13°06′N 86°00′W / 13.100°N 86.000°W / 13.100; -86.000